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I'm looking for a good, free, visual traceroute utility. Anyone know of any?

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What are you after that tracert doesn't give? – Ben Pilbrow Mar 30 '10 at 17:17
@Ben: Maybe the "visual" part John mentioned in the title and question? :) A non-scientific poll of my office indicates most people associate "visual" with "gui". – jscott Mar 30 '10 at 17:21
@jscott: All I am saying is I honestly don't see the point of anything else - tracert gives all the info you might need, which was in fact my question... – Ben Pilbrow Mar 30 '10 at 17:40
@Ben: I know and I agree with you. Let's think like management for a moment... ouch ...Anyway, some people like to see pretty pictures rather than source data. – jscott Mar 30 '10 at 17:49
@Ben: Actually, I'm looking for a traceroute that maps the approximate geolocation of the router's to a world map. – John Himmelman Mar 31 '10 at 13:59
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I tend to use winmtr for this.

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That's the ticket. I use that tool, along with "Java Net Perf" and "Performance Ping", all the time. – djangofan Mar 30 '10 at 18:08
Thanks! This will do! – John Himmelman Mar 30 '10 at 18:51
It is to bad that winmtr it is half broke under Vista/Win7. I really used to like it. – Zoredache Mar 30 '10 at 19:57
I was having trouble with that link - works for me – David Gardiner May 29 '15 at 0:01

I usually use a mixture of winmtr and PingPlotter depending on what I'm trying to do

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There is a new java-based project called Open Visual Trace Route. It's free at - It does include geolocation as part of it's free feature set. None of the other locally installed applications listed provide the geolocation to map view for free.

You can get it for free if you use an online tool like Visual Trace Route Tool at

Hope this helps, Enjoy!

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PingPlotter and VisualRoute come to mind.

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You might try: nmap's topology tab.

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